At Alta Citizen, we’re all about the pups. And while there’s plenty to keep you and your dog busy right here in our Newport News, Virginia, apartment community – including regular pet meetups, scenic grounds, and water stations – everyone likes to get out and explore once in a while. With that in mind, here are four pet-friendly parks nearby that you and your best friend won’t want to miss:
Fido Field Dog Park at Riverview Farm Park
Newport News’ OG dog park, Fido Field is split into large and small dog areas and features more than an acre of room for your pup to roam. Tucked into the sprawling Riverview Farm Park, Fido Field opened in 2006. It’s been a go-to for energetic dogs and their owners ever since. Here, you’ll find perks like covered benches and water fountains for both dogs and humans. If you’re interested in a more interactive brand of fun with your pup, leash up and hike, walk, or jog River Farm Park’s vast trail network. One thing to be aware of before you go: You must register your dog before entering the dog park. Find the Fido registration form and the full scoop here.
Newport News Park
While there’s no dog park onsite, you’ll find plenty of fun for you and your pup at this massive municipal park. Spanning more than 7,500 acres, Newport News Park features scenic nature trails fit for a jog or stroll with your best friend. Your dog must be kept on leash, though. Escape the bustle of the city and soak in the tree-dotted landscape and killer views of Lee Hall Reservoir. You might also scout the grounds for future fun-filled days at Newport News Park, which also boasts opportunities for camping, biking, paddleboarding, canoeing, archery, and freshwater fishing.
Sandy Bottom Bark Park
Head to Hampton for this highly rated dog park. The 9-mile drive from Alta Citizen is very much worth it. Turn your dog loose to weave between the trees, maneuver through the obstacle course, and socialize with other canines. Water fountains, benches, and ample shade make for a comfortable visit. You must register with Sandy Bottom Bark Park staff before entering. Find the details here.
Ridgway Bark Park
Another Hampton doggie hot spot, Ridgway Bark Park features ample open space for your pup to sprint and stunning natural views for the humans. A natural tidal waterway and freshwater pond grace the grounds, providing for an up-close glimpse at wildlife. You can also take refuge from the heat under the covered shelter and cool off with water fountains for both you and your dog. And, yes, you’ll need to register your pup beforehand.